What Is Harper Lee's Interpretation Of True Courage

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"Have the courage to say no. Have the courage to face the truth. Do the right thing because it is right. These are the magic keys to living your life with integrity." Most people are unable to understand the depth of the definition of being courageous; they believe that being valiant can be defined as fearless. An individual that possesses the ability who can fathom what true courage meant is one who is fearful yet they rise to the challenge to overcome that fear and fight for what is right. Harper Lee's interpretation of true courage, as displayed in her book To Kill A Mockingbird, exhibits her views that true courage can come in many forms. The correspondence between nurturing one's integrity and acts of courage, is displayed when one distinguishes …show more content…
Atticus criticizes civilization's vision of him, even if it sounds more like a compliment towards him, to teach his children about real courage. Society labelled him as "one shot Finch", who was called brave for shooting an innocent dog. In Atticus' eyes, his actions were filled with cowardice for "sinning against a mockingbird" in this case the dog, who was brutally murdered for possibly being rabid. Harper Lee expresses her judgement of courage through Atticus, his actions of shooting the dog led the children to believe that their father was brave; he teaches a lesson to his children that being courageous isn't a man wielding his sword, but instead it is when one knows how to distinguish what is the right thing to do versus what isn't. Therefore, he nurtured his integrity by giving the life lesson to his children and applying his views on how courage should be executed. By doing this, it engages conflict between how the community grasps the idea of being valiant that could lead to catastrophic consequences. His belief about the topic could cause people to lose their respect towards Atticus. As Jem is confused to when Atticus says that he believes Mrs. Dubose is a lady he explains why he believes she is a lady, "She was. She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe... …show more content…
Underwood faces the battle between their beliefs and morals. Mr. Underwood protects Atticus from Mr. Cunningham's lynch mob. He was known to despise black people. When Tom Robinson was in the county jail, the night before his trial, there was a lynch mob that was out to get Tom as the conflict eases and subsides. We learn that Mr. Underwood was in the sidelines with a shotgun to protect Atticus in case if things got out of hand. The author made Mr. Underwood choose his morals over his beliefs because he knew it was the right thing to do which made him venturesome. Boo Radley fights to step out from his comfort zone to protect the children. It takes courage to risks your life go save someone else's but it takes greater courage to step out of your comfort zone just to protect others. Some consequences could've brought Arthur to jail or worse his death. Harper Lee tries to convey the struggles of an individual who normally stays in the dark but chooses to step out to protect the

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